Yevgeny Zamyatin was a born loner and instinctive satirist, whose usual response to collective enthusiasm was to dissent.
Lorin Clarke’s account of growing up with her famous father is a loving, often funny portrait.
Jessica Zhan Mei Yu’s witty, ‘effervescent’ debut novel follows a Sylvia-Plath-loving young Malaysian-Australian writer’s journey to ‘the heart of empire’ in the UK.
Channel 4’s stealthy documentary on engineering human meat from the poor parallels Swift’s suggestion that people should eat the children of Ireland’s most destitute.
While derision and mockery permeate airwaves and social media feeds, satire holds the key to creating a more informed, engaged electorate.
A satirist posted a parody of a police Facebook page. He was arrested and jailed for four days. How far do free speech protections extend when it comes to satire about government?
Bloody games where there can be only winner critique the ‘winner takes all’ mentality fostered under capitalism.
His band Zangalewa satirised Cameroon’s military from within - and helped create the football World Cup hit Waka Waka.
‘America’s finest news source’ The Onion wants the US Supreme Court to answer some difficult questions: is satire protected speech, and if so, how do we define it?
Evelyn Waugh’s outrageous third novel was controversial, but not for the reasons you might expect.
Four years after its release, My Year of Rest and Relaxation has become a publishing and cultural phenomenon – with TikTok trends and film rights bought by Margot Robbie. But is it exploitative?
Marie Antoinette has become a symbol of female profligacy made up of as much history as she is of modern film and art.
From editors looking to ‘expose the false art of life’ to others taking up the cause of the marginalised, writers went anonymous to share their uncomfortable truths.
The Jewish holiday of Purim, being celebrated on March 17 this year, has an interesting tradition of satirizing life in yeshivas.
The satirical magazine has long been a unique example of conservatism and iconoclasm.
Royal satire has softened over the last 300 years, but audiences are more sensitive to barbs against the institution.
Twenty years after 9/11, in a climate of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racist backlash, two comedians use satire to help change the stories we tell.
What has happened to political TV satire? It used to be sharp but this election it missed it mark.
It was funny at the time — but rereading Ben Elton’s 1989 bestselling satirical novel Stark today is profoundly unsettling.
The famed US satirist recently released decades of his work for reuse free of copyright.